Who Are We?
The Oaks School of Leadership (OSL) was founded in 2009 and since then more than 600 students have gone through OSL. Many serve in high-caliber leadership positions throughout our nation and around the world. OSL exists to position students for effective leadership in a variety of capacities, including ministry, non-profit and business leadership, by providing students with hands-on leadership training combined with a degree from an accredited university.
From Our Pastors
The Oaks School of Leadership (OSL) is a huge part of this effort. I’ve asked all pastors to invest 25% of their weekly time into mentoring, discipling and training the next generation of leaders in OSL. We’ve also invested a large part of our finances back into scholarships for students. Jenni and I are praying for you. We love you and are very excited about what God will do in and through our church as we go on this journey together. Thank you for being a part of what God is doing at Oaks Church.
Scott and Jenni Wilson – Senior Pastor of Oaks Church
How It Works
Students enroll in 12 to 18 credit hours per semester with SAGU. Each semester, students will take a 3-credit hour leadership course that counts toward the fulfillment of their academic degree. The leadership course is taught by SAGU faculty.
On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, students will go to class at SAGU. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, students participate in leadership development opportunities at Oaks Church.
The Oaks School of Leadership is located approximately 20 miles south of Dallas, Texas.
The Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex is one of the fastest growing urban centers in the nation.
Though OSL is close to Dallas, Texas, our church and university campuses both have a “small town feel,” as both locations are in the smaller suburbs of Red Oak and Waxahachie, Texas.
Bryan Books is the Dean of the Oaks School of Leadership which has graduated more than 600 students into full-time ministry since 2009. Previously, Bryan was the Assistant Dean for Admissions at Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU). He holds a Masters of Divinity from SAGU and a Master of Business Administration from Washington State University. Bryan was once the personal aide to the senate chaplain of the United States Senate and was in the chaplain’s office on 9/11. He helped facilitate over 100 small groups across the 6,000-strong US Senate staff. Bryan is married to Susan since October 2003, and they have five children: Ellie, Evan, Ava, Aaron, and Ian.
Sue Brooks is the Academic Director of the Oaks School of Leadership and has been on staff at Oaks Church since 2013. Sue earned her BS in Psychology from Christopher Newport University, where she worked extensively in the field of empirical research. Sue returned to her graduate work and recently earned her Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies from Southwestern Assemblies of God University. Sue has been married to Bryan since October 2003. She is the proud mom to Ellie, Evan, Ava, Aaron and Ian. and
Kolby Kissinger is a former OSL graduate and now serves as the Experience Director of the Oaks School of Leadership. He also serves as the Pastor of the Oaks Young Adults Ministry at Oaks Church. Kolby was lead to Christ on October 19, 2002, at a Billy Graham Crusade at the old Dallas Cowboys Stadium. Kolby has been married to Alex since June 26, 2015.